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Armies of Enablers

Deconstructing sexual abuse of athletes and bystanders who perpetuated a culture of turning a blind eye

January 29

8:45 am – 4:30 pm

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Join the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law for an online conference that will discuss different issues—legal and non-legal alike– germane to examining assaults on athletes, including hearing the voices of the survivors.   The conference will address ethical, legal, legislative, institutional, and medical questions in an effort to better understand the causes of the abuse and examine ways to prevent abuse in the future. The invited panelists represent a broad spectrum of expertise and experience who we are confident can shed important light on the many aspects of this issue and suggest ways to proactively address what has become an epidemic.   While we understand the discussion is painful for many, we believe there is a compelling need —in the aftermath of Michigan State University, Penn State University, Ohio State University, USA Gymnastics, and the University of Michigan—-to directly address the abuse of athletes. 6 hours CLE credit (pending).

Keynote Address

Jon Vaughn, Father. Entrepreneur. Survivor. Activist.

Mr. Jonathan Vaughn is a hospitality industry entrepreneur, strategist and leader with expertise in launching and growing start-up companies, raising capital, vendor contract negotiation, staff augmentation and project management. He has negotiated multi-million dollar tax credit incentives with several municipalities across the United States.

Mr. J. Vaughn has produced hospitality events integrating premium sponsorships including at multiple premium hotels, SuperBowls, celebrity golf tournaments and company launch events. Mr. J. Vaughn has led global media and public relations campaigns with icons in sports, entertainment and media and has structured media property licensing deals.

Mr. J. Vaughn was an award-winning college and professional athlete who played for the University of Michigan and in the National Football League (NFL) as a running back and kick-return specialist with the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers and concluded his professional football career in NFL Europe.

Panels will include

  • A Discussion with a Survivor
  • Ethics & Abuse
  • Criminal Law
  • What’s Next?

Organizer: S.J. Quinney College of Law

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